Here is the problem. There is no actual “Tea Party” in the sense there is a Republican or Democrat Party. There is no hierarchy, party leaders, fund raising apparatus or even ballot line in the majority of states. So it is easy for the establishment media to try over the course of months since the 2010 election to convince you it was “one and done”. That the real “grass root” movement was “Occupy Wall Street” and the 99%. There were no actual elections to point to that showed they were wrong. That was until May 8 2012.
It made no difference that even here in New York in a couple of special elections where Republicans picked up formerly Democrat Senate seats that were considered safe. That was seen as Democrat campaign mistakes. Come November things will go back to “normal”. Wrong! On May 8 the “Tea Party” showed they were alive and kicking. In Indiana, 35 year Senator Richard Lugar got his clocked cleaned by a “Tea Party” backed candidate Richard Mourdock. Over in Wisconsin, the recall special election of Governor Scott Walker took a bad turn for those trying to recall the Governor. With no one opposing Walker’s re-election, he still got more votes then his Democrat counter parts running to see who will oppose him combined in the May 8 primary.
The results in both races have been described by the establishment talking heads as anything but what they really are. What they really are is what scares the heck out of the establishment of both parties. You see, the “Tea Party” while not an actual party is in reality a party of ideals and ideas. Though people subscribing to those ideals and ideas may not take to the streets, they do, when the opportunity presents itself, to the voting booth. They may not get headlines but they do get results.
One result is that the “Tea Party” believe that the era of Republican compromise as practiced by Lugar, where the Republican concedes their position to the Democrats is over. The “Tea Party” prefers confrontation over capitulation. This is called radical. What is radical about standing up for what you believe in? Why is it radical to want those whom you vote for to actually adhere to the platform they rode on and promises they made? It seems it is only radical when the “Tea party” does it. When the Democrats do it, they call it principal.
Here in the blue state of New York, those in the establishment take heed. The recent special elections were but a warning shot. Those Republicans that run as conservative but vote Democrat, that propose and endorse legislation at odds with “Tea Party” ideas and ideals are in jeopardy. The voters of principal are watching your votes not listening to your words. Believe it or not the “Tea party” is the real 99% and it is alive and well right here in New York. This is my opinion, you may beg to differ.
Anthony. J. Bazzo
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